Monument to Doge Mocenigo

Tullio Lombardo (c. 1455 – November 17, 1532), also known as Tullio Solari, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor. He was the brother of Antonio Lombardo and son of Pietro Lombardo.[1] The Lombardo family worked together to sculpt famous Catholic churches and tombs. The church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo contains the Monument to Doge Pietro Mocenigo, executed with his father and brother, and the Monument to Doge Andrea Vendramin,[2] an evocation of a Roman triumphal arch encrusted with decorative figures. Tullio also likely completed the funereal monument to Marco Cornaro in the Church of Santi Apostoli and the frieze in the Cornaro Chapel of the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. He also participated in the work to decorate Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice.

Restoration of AdamEdit

Sculpture of Adam after restoration process on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

On the evening of October 6, 2002, Tullio Lombardo's marble statue Adam, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, fell to the floor of the Vélez Blanco patio, where it was displayed, and broke into 28 recognizable pieces and hundreds of small fragments. The ensuing investigation uncovered that the unfortunate incident occurred when the wood pedestal that it was displayed on collapsed. After undergoing more than a decade of extensive painstaking process of restoration Adam is now on display at the museum.[3] Museum officials say their process for restoring the sculpture helped create a new model on how to conserve large sculptures.

The sculpture is the first monumental classical nude since antiquity.[4] The restored statue is now on exhibit.[5]


  1. ^ Boglewood
  2. ^ Scholars Resource several excellent photographs. See also Pope-Hennessy and other standard works.
  3. ^ Vogel, Carol (November 8, 2014). "Recreating Adam, From Hundreds of Fragments, After the Fall". New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  4. ^ Muchnic, Suzanne and Susan Freudenheim. Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2002, "After Fall, Adam Won't Be the Same, Expert Contends Archived 2014-11-10 at the Wayback Machine".
  5. ^ Tullio’s Adam returns to view at the Met - The marble nude that smashed to pieces 12 years ago has finally been restored

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